Advent Embertide update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Thanks to everyone who attended Saturday’s Rorate Masses. We hope you found it edifying and a good preparation for focusing on the coming of Christ at His Nativity next week.

This week we have a few things to note:

This week is Advent Ember Week

The Ember Days are when the Church traditionally devoted three days (Wednesday, Friday & Saturday) a season to prayer and fasting (now optional) to give thanks to God for His creation and for graces in the season ahead.  The Traditional Latin Mass calendar has many feasts and customs devoted to the land, agriculture and creation which are worth exploring sometime. As custom, we post an excellent summary by

Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

Friday December 21st is the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, a feast day which often seems buried in the preparations for Christmas. However, as the late historian Dr. Warren Carroll (founder of Christendom college) noted in one of his books, St. Thomas’ apostolic work is one of the greatest untold stories in the Catholic Church. Not only did he evangelize India, but tradition holds he baptized the three Magi near Persia, and also evangelized the new world – taking Christ’s command to preach the gospel to the four corners of the earth. He covered more geography than any other apostle.  Latin Masses on this day are:

7:00 AM – St. Ann

8:30 AM – St. John the Baptist, Tryon (2 hours west of Charlotte)

12:30 PM – St. Mark, Huntersville

New Friday Latin Masses in Tryon

For those of our readers near the mountains, effective immediately, St. John the Baptist in Tryon will begin offer an 8:30 AM Latin Mass each Friday.  If you live nearby or passing through town, please consider attending to support the newest outpost for the Traditional Latin Mass. Our thanks to Fr. Christian for making this option available.

Lastly, please see our Mass schedule for Christmas and New Year Mass schedules: Lastly, we have a few updates for the Christmas week schedule here: